Ingrown Toenail

Overview

Ingrown toenails occur when the skin on one or both sides of the nail grows over the edge of the nail or when the nail grows into the skin itself.

 

Causes of Ingrown Toenails

Ingrown nails are caused by:

  • Trimming your toenails too short, especially the ones on the sides of your big toes.
  • Shoes that are too tight or too short.

 

Treatment

Ingrown toenails need to be treated as soon as they develop. If they are recognized early enough and before any infection sets in, you can treat them at home by:

  • Soaking the foot in warm water 3 to 4 times daily.
  • Keeping the foot dry during the rest of the day.
  • Wearing comfortable shoes with plenty or room for the toes. Sandals are another option until the condition clears up.
  • Taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs).

You may need to gently lift the edge of the toenail from its embedded position and insert some cotton. You need to change this packing every day to prevent an infection.

Learn more about ingrown toenail surgery.

If you have questions about ingrown toenails or want to make an appointment with us, please contact one of our Patient Care Coordinators and they'll be happy to help you.